Rockstar Donor: Teagan

Rockstar Donor: Teagan

Teagan is only 9 years old and she’s already collected over 23,000 pairs of her original 25,000 goal! This journey began on Teagan’s 8th birthday when she decided to ask people to give shoes to the poor instead of buying her birthday presents! Many...
In it for the long-haul

In it for the long-haul

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  Not long ago, I started reading Sacha Dichter’s blog. He’s the Chief Innovation Officer at the Acumen Fund, “a nonprofit venture fund that is creating a world beyond poverty by investing in...
The smallest things can make the biggest differences

The smallest things can make the biggest differences

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  The Soles4Souls office is in a working class community about 20 minutes from downtown Nashville. For many years leading up to and after WWII, Old Hickory/Lakewood was a company town for DuPont, who...
Holier than thou… but who’s the ‘thou?’

Holier than thou… but who’s the ‘thou?’

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  I read a blog post recently titled “The Do-Gooder Industrial Complex” which, frankly, really pissed me off. Before you read it, please read this story from Bethany Christian Services, one of our...
The business of Soles4Souls

The business of Soles4Souls

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  I often write about the mission and work of Soles4Souls because I love both of those topics. I don’t usually write about the business of Soles4Souls, even though I’m just as excited about it as the...
Discernment, Judgment, Conviction and Certainty

Discernment, Judgment, Conviction and Certainty

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster: I read two things that have given me something to really wrestle with, both personally and professionally. The first, Letting Go of Judging, is from a newsletter I read from time to time called...
Nothing remarkable about these photos.  And that’s awesome.

Nothing remarkable about these photos. And that’s awesome.

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  Soles4Souls has been doing work in Haiti for years. In early 2013, we partnered with the Haitian American Caucus to expand our direct micro enterprise program. I have to say, their director, Sam Darguin, was a...
Is there anything we can’t talk ourselves into?

Is there anything we can’t talk ourselves into?

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  I recently read this story in Cowbird called Scars. I highly recommend the two minutes it takes to read because of the much longer time I hope you’ll spend reflecting on it. Especially the last line, “It’s...
8-year-old Trey keeping shoes out of the landfill!

8-year-old Trey keeping shoes out of the landfill!

Trey’s shoe drive story started with a pair of broken flip flops. His mother, Amy, found his broken shoes and went to throw them in the trash. When Trey saw what she was doing, he got very upset and nearly started crying. He did NOT want them to be tossed in the...
If you want something, you have to go out and get it

If you want something, you have to go out and get it

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  Sometimes, the blog post writes itself. Or a video tells the story even better. That happened today. This man has been walking to work, round trip 21 miles, for more than 10 years. He’s never been late to a...